Insects play a very large role in the circle of life on earth. They represent a large population of the animal kingdom. Fascinating to some,creepy to others but always present in our daily lives. Questions about any sort of bug go here.
Asked in Alaska, Insects, Mosquitoes
When is mosquito season in Alaska?
It can run from about a month or two up north, to as much as nine or ten months down south. Depends on climate and temp. Usually spring to fall. In the spring Alaska has what we call break up. This is where the ice starts melting and the rivers and creeks start flowing again. Mosquitos are usually out right after that.
Asked in Animal Parasites, Insects
What do sand fly bites look like?
Well, I've experienced sand gnat bites before so. When you first get it on the first day it should look like a little red dot or pale dot. the second day, you may start to itch a little and it get a little redder. But be careful of how much you itch it because it might start to bleed or be infected. What you do if it really itches is to go to a drug store around you somewhere and get itching cream extra strength. then you must apply it on your face, but not to much like 3-4 times. that should do it. but you also may get 1-20 bites somewhere on your body.
Asked in Insects, Pest Control, Potatoes
Are potato bugs poisonous?
Yes, this is because the potato plant itself is poisonous. The only non-poisonous part of the potato plant is the starch inside the tuber. You are not even suppose to eat the potato peel. And under non-circumstance are you to eat of the potato fruit. Because the potato bug can eat the potato plant it inherits its poisons. Keep in mind though that "poisonous" does not mean "venomous". The potato bug may be poisonous to eat, but it is not venomous, meaning it cannot bite you and inject venom into your body. The only way you could ever be harmed by a potato bug is if you ate enough of them to become sick from their protective poison.
Asked in Insects, Wasps and Hornets, Spiders
Which bug has a thin black body yellow legs and looks kind of like a cross between a fly a mosquito and a wasp?
Is food safe to eat with ants in it?
It varies in poison, from the fire ant to the sugar ant, there are many different ants you can consume. I hope this has helped you. Thanks, Isabella As Isabella said, ants differ in how safe it is to eat them. Most are OK, but have a sharp taste. Some kinds have been used instead of pepper (I would rather do without pepper, but if it suits you, all right). Some kinds are not especially poisonous, but they have a very bad taste and smell when they get hurt, so you wouldn't want to eat them. Some kinds are quite poisonous, but I never have heard of anyone eating enough to get poisoned. Some kinds, like bulldog ants and fire ants sting badly when hurt, so you had better make sure they are dead before eating any in your food. Once they are dead, it would take a lot of ants in your food to hurt you though. Generally, if your candy bar or sandwich has ants on it, blow off as many them as you can, make sure that there are not many live ants left on the food, and go ahead and eat it.
Asked in Insects, Centipedes
How do millipedes and centipedes breathe?
Both centipedes and millipedes breathe via tiny holes called 'spiracles'. These spiracles a openings on te skin which lead to a respiratory system. Millipedes have two pairs of spiracles on each body segment, while in centipedes the number varies: not all body segments necessarily have spiracles, while others might have a pair.
Asked in Insects
What insects lay their eggs on clothes that are hanging on the washing line?
Do stink bugs bite humans?
They absolutely DO bite. We have a stink bug problem in our home. We have a professional pest control come every month but stink bugs do not respond to the treatment like other pests do. Our bed is near a window where we believe the bugs are crawling in at night (they are drawn to heat, light, and light colors) along with other windows and door frames in our home. Generally, the bugs just crawl around on the walls or buzz around your lights, but at night if one crawls into your bed or into your clothing to get warm, and your roll over to sit down on one, it WILL bite you along with also possibly spraying you. Their spray is stinky, yes, but also can be toxic to your skin if not washed off immediately... especially if you have sensitive skin, it may cause a rash. I currently have 5 bites on just one arm (the arm I tuck under my pillow which is directly next to the window). The welts left from the bites are significantly larger than mosquito bites. The swelling causes a lot of pain and itching in the area. The bite itself may be surrounded by a yellow or orange color in your skin (sort of like an old bruise) or may be red or even brown at times. You may even see a small red spot in the center which would be the puncture mark. I have some red welts as small as a quarter and one near my armpit which I think may be a combination of bite/spray which is about 2" in diameter. The oldest of the 5 bites is still healing (2 weeks later) so be prepared to be treating a stink bug bite for some time. They do not seem to heal as fast as other bug bites I've had.